Floral therapy for dementia patients

NAWN 1506022AM1 Highfield Care Home flowers. Richard Sweeting (Activity Co ordinator for Highfield Care Home) with resident Maureen Myers, Julie Solomon(Senior carerer),Tony Cleaver(Pres. of the North East Area of NAFAS, Helen Hull(reg. nurse) resident Bessy Cass and Daphne Dawson (vice president of New Eswick Flower Club.(1506022AM1)
NAWN 1506022AM1 Highfield Care Home flowers. Richard Sweeting (Activity Co ordinator for Highfield Care Home) with resident Maureen Myers, Julie Solomon(Senior carerer),Tony Cleaver(Pres. of the North East Area of NAFAS, Helen Hull(reg. nurse) resident Bessy Cass and Daphne Dawson (vice president of New Eswick Flower Club.(1506022AM1)

A care home near Tadcaster hopes that a flower festival will bring the memories flooding back for its residents.

Highfield, at Scarthingwell Park, will hold the floral event on June 19 and 20 in aid of Dementia Forward.

Highfield Activity Co-ordinator and Selby District Council Chairman Richard Sweeting said: “No-one has every heard of a flower festival in a care home before.

“We think we are unique to be staging such an event. We wanted to do something different.”

But the care home worker and Tadcaster town councillor, who has chosen to be a Dementia Champion for the district, said there was a more important message behind the event.

“Dementia is increasing in our society and we wanted to make people aware of what dementia is about and how memories evolve.

“Seeing flowers in various arrangements will help a person with dementia to remember a happy memory - maybe a christening or a wedding.

“People will also realise how special people with dementia are.”

The arrangement of flowers will be led by Tony Cleaver, chairman of the north east area of NAFAS and flower arrangers from the local area.

Tony will produce a display using a penny farthing and there will be a 1920s upstairs and downstairs theme.

Highfield, near Barkston Ash, caters for people with illnesses including Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and motor neurone.

And its care programme for people living with dementia is reflected in its dedicated Memory Lane Community which is designed to spark memories among residents.

A preview of the flower festival will take place on June 19 from 2.30-5pm. Tickets are £5 from Richard at 01937 557724.

And the following day the home will hold its Gala from noon-4pm with a special guest.

Radio York’s gardening expert Martin Fish will host a question time.

There will also be an Army assault course and various stalls.

Flowers will be on display in the care home and the church next door. Arrangements will then be auctioned off at 3pm in aid of Dementia UK.